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    For my toms, I will just have to say goodbye to Aquarian...............and I like their stuff.
    But those Jaspers are picky !
    My snares and bass drum will still be acceptable to their products.
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    I found a few old photos of Lenny White back in the peak of RETURN TO FOREVER.
    Back then he was playing USA SSB shells:

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    Three floor toms:

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    We have a giant gig coming up next Saturday night.....................expecting a crowd of 400.
    I'm at home this long weekend practicing and getting ready for the gig by playing through the set-lists..........................after 41 years, I'm still so GA-GA over my 1977 Gretsch USA Custom shells......................I feel very fortunate to be the owner and player of such quality instruments....................warms the soul.

    I went through all the songs today..................just short of 3 hours...................guess what ?..................the drums sound great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    We have a giant gig coming up next Saturday night.....................expecting a crowd of 400.
    I'm at home this long weekend practicing and getting ready for the gig by playing through the set-lists..........................after 41 years, I'm still so GA-GA over my 1977 Gretsch USA Custom shells......................I feel very fortunate to be the owner and player of such quality instruments....................warms the soul.

    I went through all the songs today..................just short of 3 hours...................guess what ?..................the drums sound great.
    That great Gretsch sound!!!!

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    Here's my (a little different) Gretsch: DSC01472.jpgDSC01475.jpg

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    A little different....................but looks great.
    That black rack makes a big difference.
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    Hey, I'm new to the Gretsch family. I just picked up a 3 piece Renown Maple kit. I got a great deal on this set. It's a 10, 16, 22. I'm assuming originally, there was probably a 12" tom in the mix as well, but it wasn't included or available with this particular kit. Oh well. I've been trying to figure out the approximate age of these drums, but I'm having no success. All my Googling efforts bring up data for VINTAGE Gretsch drums, but nothing for the modern age. These guys have no serial numbers. Can anyone help me out? If it helps, the 10" tom has the GTS mounting system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powertrip240 View Post
    I've been trying to figure out the approximate age of these drums, but I'm having no success. All my Googling efforts bring up data for VINTAGE Gretsch drums, but nothing for the modern age. These guys have no serial numbers. Can anyone help me out? If it helps, the 10" tom has the GTS mounting system.


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    I'm going out on the limb and say that your kit is from the '80's just by the square badge:




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    Thanks late8, but these drums are WAY too clean to be 30some years old. Plus, the rack tom has the GTS suspension mount, which, to my knowledge, didn't come out till the mid 2000's. I'm guessing somewhere between 2006 and 2013.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powertrip240 View Post
    Thanks late8, but these drums are WAY too clean to be 30some years old. Plus, the rack tom has the GTS suspension mount, which, to my knowledge, didn't come out till the mid 2000's. I'm guessing somewhere between 2006 and 2013.
    The re-issue of the 2nd square badge spans 32 years 1981-2013. The 2004 Gretsch catalog shows the GTS system already in place but the 1999 catalog still shows the tom mounts drilled into the shells so yeah maybe you're right 2006+??

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    Quote Originally Posted by late8 View Post
    The re-issue of the 2nd square badge spans 32 years 1981-2013. The 2004 Gretsch catalog shows the GTS system already in place but the 1983 catalog still shows the tom mounts drilled into the shells so yeah maybe you're right 2006+??
    Yeah, no holes drilled in this tom. And I believe 2013 was when they went back to the round badge. So I'll go with 2009, plus or minus 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powertrip240 View Post
    Yeah, no holes drilled in this tom. And I believe 2013 was when they went back to the round badge. So I'll go with 2009, plus or minus 3.
    Yep, 2013 was when I ordered my USA Customs and it was the first year back with the round badge:


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    Quote Originally Posted by late8 View Post
    Yep, 2013 was when I ordered my USA Customs and it was the first year back with the round badge:
    Ah, beautiful piano black! Sorry to hear you had to let that one go.
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    Gotta love the round badge USA Customs. My 2018 babies.


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